By Kate Ward
July 31, 2008 at 08:52 PM EDT

Brace yourself Potterphiles. The Tales of Beedle the Bard — the wizard-centric stories mentioned in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — will soon make its way into the hands of fans worldwide less than a year after the author originally produced seven hand-written and illustrated copies (Amazon purchased one for $4 million at an auction). “There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Brace yourself Potterphiles. The Tales of Beedle the Bard — the wizard-centric stories mentioned in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — will soon make its way into the hands of fans worldwide less than a year after the author originally produced seven hand-written and illustrated copies (Amazon purchased one for $4 million at an auction). “There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard

was offered to the public last December,” Rowling says. “I am therefore delighted to

announce that…The Tales of Beedle the Bard will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans.”

Rowling will release the book — which includes “notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive” — on Dec. 4 through Amazon, Scholastic, and Bloomsbury (Amazon will distribute up to 100,000 collector’s editions, while Scholastic and Bloomsbury will print trade editions). Another bonus? All net proceeds from the book will go to Rowling’s charity, Children’s High Level Group.

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